Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise…

Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise, written and illustrated by Shane Johnson, published by Pocket Books in 1987.

After 23 years, I believe that this is still one of the best Starfleet Reference books ever published. The book focuses on the Refit Constitution Class Federation Starship U.S.S. Enteprise, NCC-1701. It begins with a history of the refit, which includes schematics of the new exterior design as well as “Contractor” sketches of proposed Impulse Engine designs and the rear quarter of the Command deck (they are actually the concept art created during the design of the ship for The Motion Picture).

The next section gives us technical drawings of the uniforms used from the Wrath of Khan era, as well as rank pins, Starfleet fonts and type faces, which are then followed by graphics and door labels. Moving  into the next portion of the book we are treated to  descriptions and overhead plan views going deck by deck from the Bridge all the way down to the Botanical Gardens. In between we get additional equipment from phasers and eningeering suits to Work Bees.

The book is ended with an Appendix that gives a little backstory into the Enterprise-A as introduced at the conclusion of The Voyage Home. This part is fun to read, but doesn’t seem to be in keeping with “Canon”. Apparently the Enterprise-A was originally christened the U.S.S. Ti-Ho, built from the keel up as an “Enterprise Class” starship in keeping with the Refit specifications, but installed with Transwarp Drive. After the “Whalesong” crisis of The Voyage Home, she was rechristened Enterprise and awarded to the newly demoted Captain James T. Kirk and crew.

If you can find this book, get it. It’s definitely worth it.

“The Good That Men Do”…

For those of us who were disappointed by the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale “These Are the Voyages…”, authors Andy Mangels and Michael  A. Martin have given us a retelling of that story that is a bit more satisfying, far more detailed, and not the final voyage of the Enterprise and her pioneering crew.

 I don’t want to give the story away, but let’s just say that, according to an aged Jake Sisko and Nog, what we saw in the season finale was a much different version of what actually happened during that mission. For starters, it was not the final mission of Enterprise at all. In fact, the story is set just after the incidents that take place in the previous two episodes dealing wth the Tera Prime story arc. Events in the series finale are very similar to what occurs in the book, but overall it is drastically different. We get to learn more about the Aenar, the telepathic brethren of the Andorians. The Romulans play a big part as the stories bad guys. Section 31 rears its ugly head again. This tale has far more action and adventure, quite a bit of espionage, and a tragic ending that sets the stage for the next story “Kobyashi Maru”, which I am reading currently.

I’ll admit it took a little reading to get into this book, but by the middle I was hooked. The ending was unexpected, and a bit sad, but good none the less and makes the whole read worth.

I wold recommend this to anyone who truly loved the series like I did. Enterprise is my favorite of all of Star Trek’s incarnations. This is a great way yo continue Captain Archer and crew’s mission.